hundreds of maltyped domains hijacked by spyware and adfirms
Microsoft has released a tool to control if others were using the misspelling of others while searching the web and registered wrongtyped versions of your domainnames. Mostly those pages have just ads, searchfiles and spyware to install on your machine.
When a user visits a Web site, her browser may be instructed to visit other third-party domains without her knowledge. Some of these third-party domains raise security, privacy, and safety concerns. The Strider URL Tracer, available for download, is a tool that reveals these third-party domains, and it includes a Typo-Patrol feature that generates and scans sites that capitalize on inadvertent URL misspellings, a process known as typo-squatting. The tool also enables parents to block typo-squatting domains that serve adult ads on typos of children's Web sites
and how they work is explained here
http://research.microsoft.com/Typo%2DPatrol/ if you have trouble dowloading, this is a functional http download link
you will need IE 6.0 (www.windowsupdate.com) and not IE 7 beta and you will also need .net installed (automatic link opens and in xp there is no restart necessary).
This is the tool to have if you have domain names.
For belgian names it is even more curious that www.dns.be has let registration of these kind of names go through. You should complain and ask that these domains that are internationally not allowed, should be closed if there is no legal or practical reason to have a site with this name (it can be that there is somebody else with a job just like yours but with one letter of difference).
You can use http://www.dns.be/whois/ and type the names of the domains that you have found.
It can be that you thousands of the free .be domain names that have been attributed worldwide in the last campaign are in fact such bogus domains. The effect can be that trust in the .be domain can internationally go to a low-down as these are used for spyware, browser-installs and redirects with pop-ups.
http://www.dns.be/whois/ You will find information like this
Registratie 31 januari 2006
Laatste wijziging 31 januari 2006 23:24
Naam LUIS RAMALHO (the portugese owner)
Technische contactpersonen van de agent
Naam Departement Noms de Domaine
Organisatie AMEN (is a hosting firm)
Adres 12-14, rond-point des Champs-Elysées
Bedrijf AMEN.FR L Agence des MEdias Numeriques
The firms that are according to Microsoft responsable for the most bogus domains are
Domainsponsor.com/Information.com with the domain searchportal.information.com that you should block anyhow
We will find them also with belgian domains and also
revenue.net (oversee.net) which installs the pop-ups and redirects
ACT and re-act